When Nigerian politicians fail to get what they want, they resort to name calling. PDP chairman, Adamu Mu’azu would not be there if President Goodluck Jonathan did not anoint him for the position, so also it would be hard for anyone to emerge APC chairman without the support of Buhari or Tinubu. That is politics!
Expectedly, Chief Tom Ikimi is angry that he was not made APC chairman and here’s what he has to say:
He said before Tinubu chose the former Edo State governor, John Odigie-Oyegun, he had threatened “fire and brimstone” if he did not emerge as the party’s national chairman at the national convention of the APC…
In a statement released on Wednesday, Ikimi, a former foreign affairs minister, said Tinubu had turned the APC into a private property and that some stalwarts of the APC were willing to accede to his whims which eventually turned the party’s Saturday convention to a “charade.”
The APC chieftain alleged that the party’s governors colluded with Tinubu to truncate democratic process in the national convention.
He said, “The governors and the Tinubu groups decided on a zoning process that was limited only to party offices as well as the choice of individuals to fill them. They proceeded in a manner that was neither open nor transparent. Most undemocratic and bizarre procedures then prevailed.
“The governors initiated a zoning plan that allocated the national chairman to the South-South. This proposal was reluctantly accepted by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, whose well-known preferred option had been to retain Chief Bisi Akande as the chairman forever. Nevertheless, he in the circumstance, proceeded to draw up a list of his cronies for the entire national executive all by himself. Very strange as this may sound, it was the reality. Nothing was ever referred to the National Interim Executive Council for approval or even information.”
Ikimi also lambasted Tinubu for parading himself as the national leader of the APC, saying no one gave him such a position. He admitted that some members of the party justified Tinubu’s role in the emergence of Oyegun as the national chairman as a concession done to him as the national leader.